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Admonish
Warn, reprove

When asked about her religious beliefs, Mary admonished the guards by saying she will worship as she wishes.
Alacrity
Eagerness, Cheerfulness

Phil and John packed their stuff with alacrity while leaving to CO to ski.
Ameliorate
Improve

Many social workers tried to ameliorate the situation of the stress.
Analogous
Comparable, synonyms

She referred us to analogous situation as the current one and recommended we do the same.
Anomalous
Abnormal, irregular

She was placed in an anomalous position of seeming to approve procedures she despised.
Appease
Pacify, Soothe

Tom tried to appease the crying baby by offering a toy.
Apprise
Inform

Once NASA was apprised of the weather conditions, the chief called off the shuttle launch.
Approbation
Approval

To marry her lover, she waited some sign of approbation from her parents.
Arduous
Hard, Strenuous

Her arduous efforts had sapped all her energy
Assiduous
Diligent

Weeks after his work on the painting, he was satisfied with his work.
Aver
Assert Confidently, used in as a law, state formally as a fact

Claiming that he had extra sensory perception, the psychic averred he did not need seismographs to predict earthquakes.
Belie
Contradict, give out a false impression

His hard, rough behavior belied his innate sensitivity
Burgeon
Grow forth, give out buds

In spring, the plants that burgeon are a sign of beauty that is to come.
Capricious
Unpredictable, fickle

Jenny is a capricious person, she changes boyfriends as often as she changes clothes.
Castigation
Punishment, severe criticism

Director of the movie could not bear the castigation from the movie critics.
Commensurate
Corresponding to the extent of, degree, amount, etc

The nurses were assigned ranks and responsibilities that commensurate with their training.
Complaisant
Trying to please, overlay polite, obliging

Feared that Henry VII might get angered, the complaisant council declared him as the king.
Compliant
Yielding, Conforming to requirements

Joel went along with what his friends wanted. His mom was worried he was too compliant.
Conciliatory
Reconciling, soothing

She was really angry, Jack's conciliatory words couldn't calm her down.
Condone
Overlook, forgive, excuse

Huck was condoned for his minor offenses, but his aunt scolded him.
Confound
Confuse, Puzzle

No mystery could confound Sherlock Holmes for long.
Contention
Claim, Thesis

It is our contention that if you study as we suggested, it will boost your GRE score.
Contentious
Quarrelsome

After Jackson grew pretty contentious during the game, he was ejected.
Conundrum
Puzzle, riddle
Convoluted
Intricate, coiled around, involved
Deference
Courteous regard for other's wish.

In deference to the minister's request, please do not take any pictures during the wedding ceremony.
Delineate
Portray, depict

He delineated the character with just few descriptive phrases.
Denigrate
Blacken

Attempts to denigrate the president's image were foiled.
Desultory
Aimless, Haphazard

Malcolm X set himself the task to go through the dictionary, for him studying was purposeful not desultory.
Diatribe
bitter scolding

During the diatribe delivered by his opponent, he remained calm.